— Individuals ages 50 and older make tremendous contributions to improve our communities. Their life and professional experiences shape and inform their ability to disrupt, innovate, and create. They truly are champions and trailblazers, and their efforts and groundbreaking contributions need to be recognized. That’s why AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business have joined together to launch 50@50+ Illinois – a recognition of Illinoisans over the age of 50 who are making a positive impact in their communities. They don’t adhere …

— By Ryan Gruenenfelder   For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. Since 2002, the Governor and the General Assembly have failed to pass a truly balanced budget. And for almost two years, the State has operated without anything beyond a ‘stop-gap’ budget.  This budgetary inaction has led to a current fiscal year 2017 budget deficit of somewhere between $5.4 billion to $7.8 billion, depending on whose …

— Millions of family caregivers in Illinois will have many reasons to celebrate during National Caregiving Month in November, as new laws will provide much and urgently needed help for them as they take care of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of AARP, the Hospital Association and other groups, the Illinois CARE Act will help to significantly increase coordination between caregivers and hospitals. The law requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family …

— United States Senator Dick Durbin invited AARP Illinois to stand beside him in a press conference today to discuss the American Healthcare Act. Illinois State Director, Bob Gallo, conveyed AARP’s opposition to the American Health Care Act.  The press conference allowed AARP to express their serious concerns about the impact this legislation will have on older Americans and their families. AARP is troubled that the American Health Care Act will weaken the fiscal sustainability of Medicare and would open the …

— AARP Illinois State President Rosanna Marquez was on TV very early yesterday, for the Eyewitness Sunday Morning News Show on ABC affiliate WLS-TV Channel 7, discussing our #ProtectMedicare campaign, talking about our priorities and the impact on millions of Illinoisans if things like vouchers ever came into fruition. Watch link below and see what AARP Illinois is doing to fight for our members. AARP Fights for Medicare for Protection    

— With the 2017 legislative session under way, AARP Illinois is urging lawmakers to pass a fully functional budget that helps older residents continue to live independently in their own homes. Among other issues, the state office is fighting for affordable utility rates and supportive services for family caregivers. AARP Illinois invites members to amplify these efforts by joining its advocacy team. Volunteer training sessions will be scheduled in Chicago and Springfield. Interested? Call Teresa Jones at 217-747-8881 or email her …

— AARP fights for the issues that matter most! Yesterday, AARP Illinois joined the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative for a 4th Ward Candidates Debate where contenders sparred for over healthcare, employment, safety, security and education. Chicago’s WVON radio personality Cliff Kelly moderated a distinguished panel that included appointed Alderman Sophia King who was endorsed by President Obama, along with candidates Ebony Lucas, Gregory Seal Livingston, Gerald Scott McCarthy and Marcellus Moore. AARP’s Ruby Haughton-Pitts told the standing room only crowd that informed …

— Illinois State Director Bob Gallo spoke with Illinois News Network providing insight into the proposed new tax on retirement income. See below for link and text of an interview Illinois News Network Link ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK TEXT A Chicago-based nonprofit says raising the state’s income tax and taxing retirement income will fix Illinois’ budget mess. The nation’s largest advocacy group for retirees disagrees. The Civic Federation released a series of suggestions Friday that they say the state could use to …

— AARP Illinois State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on Illinois News Connection speaking about the concerns that AARP has around ideas like Medicare vouchers. Link and full story below: AARP Illinois On Illinois News Connection   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A campaign has been launched in Illinois to save Medicare. AARP is trying to rally state residents to write or call members of Congress to save the program that affects millions of people. AARP State Director Bob Gallo says a new …

— For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. The impact of this impasse has been felt across the state: from college students to working families and from older residents to social service providers – every population group has been affected by increasingly depleted services. AARP State Director, Bob Gallo, was a guest on Chicago TV station: WCIU-“You & Me This Morning” raising significant awareness about AARP Illinois ‘Enough …

— AARP’s Ryan Gruenenfelder joined Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs at a press conference to compel Life Insurers to Pay Death Benefits. Proposed House Bill 302 would force Insurance Companies to Make Good on Promise Dating Back to 1996.  This legislation would compel life insurance companies to review past records and confirm death benefits have been paid to deceased life insurance customers. The proposal legislation represents the next logical step to bringing practical change to the life insurance industry considering some companies …

— By Jackie Spinner Illinois’ continuing budget crisis put Joy Paeth in a bind. As chief executive of AgeSmart Community Resources in Belleville, which provides legal assistance, home-delivered meals and transportation services to older people in seven counties, she was finding it difficult to hire a key employee because of uncertainty over continued state funding. After a year without a budget, the state last summer finally approved a spending plan through the end of 2016 that allowed public schools to open …